I don’t know how I managed to miss Japanese DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura! This album is a real gem, mashing together nu-jazz and fusion while introducing reference points like Magma and Carlos Santana (when he was still on the cutting edge).
Kikagaku Moyo’s Stone Garden was one of my favorite releases of 2017. It’s a loud, heavy, psychedelic masterpiece in keeping with legendary bands like White Heaven or labels like P.S.F. Records.
Momo Wandel Soumah was a saxophonist and vocalist from Guinea who did a stunning job mixing jazz (especially that of the Charlie Parker and John Coltrane variety) with ethnic music from his region of the world. This session was recorded in 1991. He passed away in 2003, but left this album as his legacy.
My first introduction to the world of Paul Bowles, as well as the Sub Rosa record label, was through this disc. The combination of stories read by Bowles himself, as well as the artwork and ambiance by storyteller Mohammed M’Rabet, made it wonderful bedtime listening, allowing me to transport my mind to what a hazy, stoned […]
Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is. Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released. This is as fine an intro to his works as […]
Abu Obaida Hassan had a wonderful career during the 1970s and 1980s making the kids sway in Khartoum, Sudan with his tambour, but by the second decade of this century, Sudanese media pronounced him dead. Thankfully, he is far from it, and courtesy of Ostinato Records, he has a fine retrospective coming out on May […]
Jazz siren Ruth Price tears up this classic tune in a scat style, whereas The Wanderers give this a more hip, uptempo interpretation. Swingin’ stuff!